Game-By-Game Prediction Of Texas' Record In 2016

The Texas Longhorns did not play well in 2015. They posted a poor 5-7 record and missed out on a bowl game. They beat Oklahoma, but also lost to Iowa State. Charlie Strong is on the hot seat this year, and needs to have a better season to keep his job. So will 2016 go better than 2015 did? Find out what we think with a game-by-game prediction of Texas football's record in 2016. 

Week 1 - vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Prediction: LOSS (0-1)

Notre Dame is a potential National Championship team, while the Longhorns missed a bowl game last year. While it should be a better effort than last year, the Longhorns aren't winning this one. 

Week 2 - vs UTEP Miners
Prediction: WIN (1-1)

UTEP won just five games last year, and Texas should cruise to a win. 

Week 3 - at Cal Golden Bears
Prediction: WIN (2-1)

This is the first one that's close to a toss up. Cal won the matchup last year, but Jared Goff is gone now. It's in Berkeley, which helps Cal. We'll see how QB Davis Webb plays for Cal, given that he couldn't win the job at Texas Tech. The Longhorns hope that their QB (Shane Buechele?) plays well enough to win. For now, we'll go with Texas, since Cal lost so much on offense. 

Week 4 - BYE

Week 5 - at Oklahoma State Cowboys
Prediction: LOSS (2-2)

The Cowboys could be a Top 15 and maybe even Top 10 team when these two teams face off. If this game was later in the year and the Longhorns' offense was more developed (we're assuming Buechele is the starter by this point) it might be a different story. But expect the Cowboys to come out on top. 

Week 6 - vs Oklahoma Sooners
Prediction: LOSS (2-3)

The Longhorns won last year, but don't expect that to be the case this year. This Sooners team is loaded and could win the College Football Playoff. A loss could increase the temperature on head coach Charlie Strong's seat. 

Week 7 - vs Iowa State Cyclones
Prediction: WIN (3-3)

Texas lost to Iowa State last year, but won't do so again this year. This should be an easy win, especially at home. 

Week 8 - at Kansas State Wildcats
Prediction: WIN (4-3)

This is another toss-up game, assuming Kansas State's QBs aren't all injured again. It's a road game for Texas, but they should come out on top. 

Week 9 - vs Baylor Bears
Prediction: WIN (5-3)

Texas upset Baylor last year, but Baylor basically didn't have a QB. We were going to give this game to Baylor, but then the Bears fired head coach Art Briles. Playing at home, we'll go with Texas. 

Week 10 - at Texas Tech Red Raiders
Prediction: WIN (6-3)

This one will be interesting. Both teams should be in the middle tier in the Big 12, and it could be a close one. But Texas' defense should be successful against the Red Raiders, and Buechele should be in the groove by now. 

Week 11 - vs West Virginia Mountaineers
Prediction: WIN (7-3)

This is similar to the Texas Tech game. The Longhorns are at home and that gives them a boost. In theory, Texas could be bowl eligible by this time. 

Week 12 - at Kansas Jayhawks
Prediction: WIN (8-3)

Kansas is really bad. Even if Texas doesn't have six wins by this point, they'll pick up a win against KU. 

Week 13 - vs TCU Horned Frogs
Prediction: WIN (9-3)

Here's the only major upset of the year, and one Strong might really need. TCU is a talented team, but by this point in the year, Texas should be playing it's very best football. If Buechele is as gifted as he is hyped, Texas could very well win this one. 

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